BRINGING HOPE to poverty & homelessness

we believe that all people have a right to have a place to call home.

2020 Tri-Region Housing and Service Needs Estimate
Housing & Service Needs Estimate report released
2020 Rural Housing and Service Needs Estimation Project
Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic


We believe...
• Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home
• That people are good and want to help others
• The community has the resources to greatly alleviate the impacts of poverty
• That the time invested will make a difference
We are compelled to do this work because...
• We care. People need help. We can make a difference
• We can make a difference and it takes a community to look after community
• We are stronger together
We can imagine a tri-region where...
• Assistance is available to anyone who wants it
• Eliminates poverty and homelessness
• People are working together and thinking about the big picture
• Everyone can succeed and does succeed

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Tri-Regional Champions Table
The Champions Table is a structured partnership between stakeholders who support poverty and homelessness reduction in the Tri-Region (Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, and Parkland County) through the following actions:
• Convene and coordinate collective action for systems change
• Develop strategy and prioritization of actions regionally
• Build capacity for change in the community
• Identify, monitor, and evaluate outcomes
• Report and disseminate trusted information
• Acquire and allocate resources in the Tri-Region

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what are we doing?

• Changing the systems
• Bringing our efforts together
• Recognizing poverty and homelessness have cascading impacts
• Fostering understanding
• Engaging the community as a whole because everyone is affected by poverty and homelessness


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how are we doing it

• Learning about our community and educating others
• Focusing on getting lived experience at the table
• Shifting perspectives on poverty and homelessness
• Communicating and getting information out
• Advocating for rural supports for homelessness and poverty
• Bridging the gap between policy makers and the people
• Promoting equity and inclusion
• Initiating working committees for specific areas


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What is system change?
Systems change is about addressing the root causes of social problems, which are often hard to change and embedded in networks of cause and effect. It is an intentional process designed to fundamentally alter the components and structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way.
What is collective impact?
Collective Impact brings people together, in a structure way, to achieve social change. “It starts with a common agenda” which means coming together to collectively define the problem and create a shared vision to solve it. “It establishes shared measurement” which means agreeing to track progress in the same way, which allows for continuous improvement.
Is the Champion's Table looking at other poverty and homelessness initiatives across the country that have found some success with their initiative?
There are many great initiatives across our province and country that we will be looking to give us great examples of success in poverty reduction. Some examples would be. . . We will also be creating a First Voice Advisory Group to help us address the specific issues of our region. That Advisory Group will help us determine pathways to better Reconciliation, Housing and Supports, Healthy Living and Community Inclusion and Capacity.
What is systems change and how is it current systems keep people in poverty?
Systemic Change among those living in poverty aims beyond providing food, clothing, shelter and alleviating immediate needs. Persistent poverty, financial instability, and low-wage stagnation among people is a deeply entrenched and complex social problem that no single policy, government department, organization or program can tackle or solve alone. It requires us to collaborate to work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. To begin to address inequity, we need to confront the institutional, systemic, and cultural practices that perpetuate inequity.
Is it possible to eradicate poverty & homelessness?
Poverty has been a humanity issue since the dawn of time. Poverty has been so elusive because of its complexity; there are as many causes of poverty as there are people experiencing poverty. What we can do is fix poverty one person at a time. To create an environment that there is hope, assistance and cohesive support to lesson the impacts of poverty and to help create pathways out.

Common Definitions

Economic Poverty

Economic Poverty: People lack access to, or the skills to acquire, sufficient material and financial resources to have quality of life

Social Poverty

Social Poverty: People lack formal and informal supports to be resilient in times of crisis and change and the ability to meaningfully participate in the community.

Cultural Poverty

Cultural Poverty: People lack meaning in their lives or connection to a community that sustains them


Homelessness: Describes a range of physical living situations of an individual, family, or community without stable, safe, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means, and ability of acquiring it.


PathwaysHOME: Spruce Grove's 5-Year Strategy

July 14, 2021
The number of residents experiencing homelessness and poverty is increasing in Spruce Grove and the Tri-Municipal Region.

Medicine Hat Became Canada’s First 'Zero Homeless’ City

July 22, 2021
What if that better way was actually easier and cheaper? And what if it was not some far-left Canadian municipality leading the way.

Addressing Homelessness in Edmonton

July 14, 2021
CBC Edmonton poll asked residents about city issues ahead of municipal election.

First voice advisory group


The First Voice Advisory Group is a network of people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness. People with lived experience are the expert - and we need your help! 

Participation is flexible and all members of the First Voice AdvisoryGroup members will be paid for their knowledge and expertise. 

If you have experience of poverty or homelessness and would like to share your expertise to help make lasting change in the community:


Karyn Hurlbut, Community Developer 

587-341-3457 (call or text)


The First Voice Advisory Group (FVA) is to involve diverse people with lived and living experience in the Hope and Home: Tri-Regional Poverty and Homelessness Initiative.  We want to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience are in the forefront of all matters regarding poverty & homelessness. The FVA will provide advice and expertise to projects, initiatives, and tables connected to Hope&Home.


The FirstVoice Advisory Group is structured as a network with both formal and informal opportunities for members to be involved. Involvement could include, but is not limited to:  

• coffee or phone call discussion
• gatherings
• focus groups
• interviews
• surveys
• As members of tables associated with the Hope & Home Initiative

Involving people with lived and living experience:

• Helps shape program and policy development
• Guides strategic planning
• Facilitates community education and awareness
• Creates opportunities to co-design and co-lead solutions
• Helps create systems that are more responsive to the articulated needs of those receiving services.
• Develops systems, policies, and programs that are effective for people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

By joining the First Voice Advisory Group you could:

• Showcase your strengths and assets
• Create new connections and relationships
• Build your skills
• Affirm existing skills  
• Foster hope
• Support your well-being


Members of the First Voice Advisory Group will be provided an honorarium for their time and expertise.




Brenda Johnson


Brenda Hawryluk

Member at Large

Sheri Ratsoy

Parkland Food Bank

Krysta Halfe

Native Counselling Services Alberta (NCSA)

Tracy Woodman-Raymond

Neighbourlink Parkland

Trisha Vyse

Pay Forward Kindness Society (PFK)

Melanie Lukevich

United Way – Capital Region

Sharida Csillag

Stony Plain, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

land acknowledgment

With gratitude, we respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, and play within Treaty 6 territory, the traditional and ancestral territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge Treaty 6 territory as home to the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta. This acknowledgement is our pledge to truth and reconciliation, to actively end systemic racism, and as a commitment to honour our Indigenous neighbours, the original stewards of the land.

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